In this guide, I am providing the steps to install SkyDark build on Kodi. These steps will work on all the Kodi supported devices, such as Windows PC, Mac, Android, TV devices like FireStick and Android Boxes.
Update: This build is currently unavailable. See our list of the best Kodi builds for some alternatives.
SkyDark Hydra is the part of the SkyDark Wizard, which also hosts a bunch of other builds. This build packs a solid collection of video addons. Its on-demand sections (movies and TV shows) are particularly impressive with addons like The Magic Dragon, Corona and a few more. You will also find decent options for Sports and Kids stuff. Live TV isn’t really great, but you can supplement the build with more live TV addons from our list of top Kodi addons.
SkyDark Hydra Kodi build may look a bit complicated, but you will get used to it within a few minutes. The build could be a little heavy too. Yet, I find it fast and smooth on most devices. It did slow down a bit on FireStick, but it was still acceptable. Follow the steps below to install SkyDark build on Kodi and give it a try!
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Steps to Install SkyDark Kodi Build
The first thing we need to do is turn on Unknown sources on Kodi. To prevent the unauthorized installation of any malicious addons, this option remains off by default. Here is how you can quickly turn it ON:
#1: Launch Kodi
#2: On the home screen, click the cog icon on the upper-right to open Settings
#3: Select and open System settings
#4: Select the Add-ons option. It is on the left menu.
Now, if the Unknown Sources is disabled or OFF, turn it ON
#5: Kodi will warn you of the risks associated with keeping this option enabled. There is nothing to worry about with SkyDark. It is totally safe as of this writing. Go ahead and click Yes
Note: You may want to disable this option when SkyDark Kodi build is installed
You are ready to install the SkyDark build.
Follow the steps below and install the SkyDark Kodi build:
#1: Click Settings on the home-screen of Kodi
#2: Open File manager
#3: You should see Add source on both sides of the next screen. Click any one of them and go to the next step.
#4: When you see this window, click <None>
#5: Enter the following path in the marked field and click OK:
#6: Type the name of the path that you provided in the previous step. Choose any name of your liking, just make it identifiable with the source. For instance, you may enter SkyDark as I have done
So far, you have successfully added the source from which we will eventually install the SkyDark Kodi build. Let’s first install the Skydark Repository
#7: Go back to the home-screen of Kodi
#8: Click Addons
#9: Click Package Installer
Note: It is the open-box icon in the upper-left corner
#10: Open Install from zip file
#11: Click SkyDark or the name you entered earlier
#12: Click repository.SkyDark-7.1.3.zip
Note: The version number of this file while I write this guide is 7.1.3. Should you see any other version number, still click the file. Version numbers change when the file is updated/upgraded
#13: Wait for the alert confirming SkyDark Repository Add-on installed
And, you have installed the SkyDark Repository. Now, let’s use this repository to install the SkyDark Wizard
#14: Open the option Install from repository
#15: Click SkyDark Repository
#16: Open Program add-ons
#17: Click Skydark Wizard
#18: Click Install
#19: Wait for the SkyDark Wizard to install. When you see the Skydark Wizard Add-on installed notification, you are good to go
#20: You must now see three popups generated by the SkyDark Wizard immediately after installation. The first one is the Developer Notes. Click Dismiss
#21: The second drop-down displays some settings. Select any settings you want to change. Or, you may leave everything unchanged.
#22: The third popup takes you directly to the build menu. You may click Build Menu and skip steps 23 to 27. Click Ignore to know how to go there from the home-screen of Kodi
We have installed the Skydark Wizard. Now we come to the final part where we install the SkyDark build on Kodi. Keep following the steps!
#23: Go back to Kodi home-screen
#24: Click Add-ons
#25: Click Program Add-ons
#26: Click SkyDark Wizard icon to run the Wizard
#27: Click (Skydark) Builds
#28: Go to the Krypton Builds section and click Skydark Hydra
Note: SkyDark Wizard has builds for Kodi 18 Leia as well. But, currently, Leia builds either don’t install or are not stable when installed.
#29: Click Fresh Install
Choosing this option will erase all your existing data on Kodi and bring it back to the default factory settings. This is the recommended option. Builds installed on fresh Kodi perform better.
#30: Kodi will now want to confirm if you wish to restore Kodi configuration to default settings.
#31: Now wait for the Skydark Kodi build to download and install. Build installation usually takes several minutes depending upon the internet speed and hardware specs of the device. Usually, you should have the build ready to use in 4-5 minutes. Skydark is nearly 320 MB in size, but when it installs in unpacks more than 450 MB data.
#32: When the build is finally installed, click the Force Close button
Well, that will be all! You have successfully installed the SkyDark Build on Kodi.
SkyDark Hydra Kodi Build: A Quick Rundown
Now that you have installed the build, you would want to explore it. Let me help you get started.
Following is the home-screen of Kodi SkyDark Hydra build. The build has a minimal design. However, it could get a little complicated. It may take a few minutes to get used to it. You can explore the menu on the left (menu items appear one at a time)
The home-screen features the following media categories:
- Man Cave
- Other Movies
If you like watching on-demand movies and shows, there are lots of cool addons for you like Monster Munch, Corona, The Magic Dragon, Deceit and more.
Sports section also looks promising with SportsDevil, Supremacy Sports, and Rising Tides.
Live TV is the area where SkyDark stumbles. However, it’s not as much on the build as on the inability of the addon developers to maintain live TV addons. Most Live TV addons here barely fetch any content. You could try Deceit, which has a decent selection and many streams work.
While SkyDark may not be the best Kodi build, it has enough merits to earn its keep in our Best Kodi Builds list. It has some of the best addons for movies and shows. There is plenty for the kids too. SkyDark is lightweight and smooth. Give it a try.
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